LEVERKUSEN, 22-Jul-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Bayer said today that it is disappointed in Monsanto’s decision to reject its increased all-cash offer of USD 125 per share, which represents a 40 percent premium over Monsanto’s closing share price on May 9, 2016. The revised all-cash offer is a compelling opportunity and represents immediate and certain value for Monsanto shareholders amid recent weak business performance and Monsanto’s reduced mid-term outlook.
Bayer reaffirmed that its offer would not be subject to a financing condition. In addition, Bayer has offered a USD 1.5 billion reverse antitrust break fee, reaffirming its confidence in a successful closing.
Bayer is looking forward to continued dialogue with Monsanto under an appropriate confidentiality agreement allowing access to additional information.
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This communication relates to a proposed offer by Bayer Aktiengesellschaft or its subsidiaries (“Bayer”), to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of Monsanto Company, a Delaware corporation (“Monsanto”). This communication is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Monsanto. No tender offer for the shares of Monsanto has commenced at this time. At the time a tender offer for the shares of Monsanto is commenced, Bayer will file tender offer materials (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other offer documents) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) with respect to the tender offer. Any definitive tender offer documents will be mailed to the stockholders of Monsanto. STOCKHOLDERS OF MONSANTO ARE URGED TO READ THE RELEVANT TENDER OFFER MATERIALS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TENDER OFFER THAT STOCKHOLDERS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISION REGARDING THE TENDER OF THEIR SHARES. Stockholders of Monsanto will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed by Bayer with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.
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